Friday, April 19, 2013

Pregnancy is good for your posture

I always thought it was supposed to be the other way around, that pregnancy led to swaybacks and all sorts of other nastiness.  However, I am finding it to be quite the opposite--if I slouch, my stomach sticks me in the ribs, which is really uncomfortable, so I find myself constantly stretching and straightening my spine during the day, in contrast to hunching my shoulders as normal.  When standing, I normally over-rely on my abs and hip flexors, letting my other hip and butt muscles take a break.  But since the former are totally overworked due to the extra belly, I've noticed the latter stepping up to the task more--hopefully they will remember this once baby arrives!  7 weeks to go now . . .

Monday, April 15, 2013

Random Conference Encounters

I've just returned from a conference in England, where I experienced the following random encounters:

1) The woman sitting next to me at the conference dinner was from the same county as me (and the fact that I'm talking about being from a county, and not a town or city, should give you an idea of how rare this is)
2) Her colleague graduated from the same undergraduate university in the same year as me.
3) I visited the local museum, which contained an exhibit on the city throughout the ages.  For each age, they chose a particular city resident to profile.  The one from the early 17th century was a resident who set sail on the Mayflower, and just happens to be my ancestor.  I'm not much of one for genealogy, and knew nothing about this ancestor other than his name and that he was on the Mayflower, but it's a little surprising to see your ancestors profiled on museum walls!

Now, back to counting down 3 weeks left in the semester, and 8 till baby!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Teaching Happiness is when . . .

you open up Facebook to discover your students posting on each other's walls in Arabic!  Momtaz!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Dissertation v. Organization

I have a new computer and am transferring files . . . I can't help but notice that my files were all very organized until 2009, which is coincidentally when I started my dissertation research.  Coincidence? I think not!  Let's hope the tenure-track is a little more organization friendly.